John Rabe KPCC's Production & Promotions Director

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John Rabe is KPCC's Production & Promotions Director, a post he assumed in July of 2017 after 35 years behind the mike. His job is to shape the sound of the station.

From 2006 to 2017, John was producer and host of Off-Ramp, twice named the nation's "best local public affairs show." Before that, Rabe was the station's housing & healthcare reporter and local host for "All Things Considered."

Rabe began his career as a commercial DJ in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, but he found his niche as reporter and anchor at Michigan State University's public radio station, where he half-heartedly earned his BA in English. Rabe has also worked in public radio in South Florida, Philadelphia, and Minnesota.

Rabe lives with Julian Bermudez, his art curator husband, and their Irish terriers in the foothills of Mt Washington.


Stories by John Rabe

Peter Stenshoel's Album of the Week: 1963's Blues at Newport

KPCC board operator Peter Stenshoel's weekly feature continues with Blues At Newport, recorded live at the Newport Folk Festival, 1963.

Alurista finally finishes reading of poem interrupted by LAPD 40 years ago

KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez writes on his KCET blog:

Colin Marshall blogs, loves Off-Ramp

33 minutes before midnight Sunday, Colin Marshall, host of public radio's The Marketplace of Ideas, wrote some very nice words about Off-Ramp in his Podthoughts blog on Maximum Fun.

Off-Ramp finally embraces Facebook

Betty White joked on SNL, "Facebook? In my day, we had phone book."

Flutist James Galway puts the derriere in "Londonderry Air" at Hollywood Bowl

I cut musicians, performing live, a lot of slack. But James Galway committed two cardinal sins tonite, and a lot of minor ones I'll leave to the likes of Alex Ross, Mark Swed, Jim Sveda, and the ghost of Alan Rich to address fully.

Free Peformance: Off-Ramp discovery Mateo Stoneman

Mateo Stoneman, the white mariachi with the voice of an angel, performs for free Friday (8-27) at noon at Grand Performances (300-350 S. Grand Avenue 90071) downtown, and I'll be introducing him.

Alex Ben Block's pop star daughter, Hayley Taylor, and her new album

If you can, make time tonight to see a rising star and Friend of Off-Ramp at Hotel Cafe in Hollywood.

Off-Ramp interview with Columbo co-creator, William Link

Who is this man with Peter Falk and why is he dressed like Columbo? He's William Link, who, with the late Richard Levinson, created Columbo ... not to mention Murder, She Wrote, Mannix, and many other television staples.

Charles Solomon: RIP Animator Satoshi Kon, 46

Off-Ramp animation expert Charles Solomon has a tribute in this morning's paper to Japanese animator Satoshi Kon, killed by cancer at just 46.

Finding out how hot it can get inside a parked car

No matter how many warnings are issued every year, a few babies and many more dogs die from the heat, locked inside parked cars. Just how hot can it get inside your parked car?

Peter Stenshoel’s Album of the Week

Every week, KPCC board operator Peter Stenshoel displays a different album in his cubicle. Here's this week's selection. -- John

Tragedy for Comics Artist - Times doesn't print "Cathy" retirement response

Faithful readers will know that I read the comics in the newspaper every day. Imagine my horror this morning when I saw that one of my favorites, La Cucaracha, was missing.

Marc Haefele on forgotten Arab history of Ground Zero

The Return of Little SyriaBy Marc HaefeleIn all the discussions and arguments brought regarding the proposed P51 Islamic Community Center's proximity to the city of the World Trade Center in downtown New York, I'm astonished to see that one important historical fact hasn't turned up.

Off-Ramp Haiku Contest - Sunday

In the Comments section, write a haiku to accompany this photo.

"Family Circus" Crosses the Line with Pit Hair Plot

*Usually, Family Circus, the 970-year old newspaper comic panel, is just inane.